Teen admits incident with Commanders RB, ex-Alabama soccer star

A teenager has admitted to shooting dead commanders running back Brian Robinson last August and killing a 15-year-old in Washington, DC a few weeks later, according to The Washington Post. The shooter, whose name has not been released, admitted in court this week that he and a friend kidnapped Robinson by car and shot him after a fight.

After recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, Robinson returned after missing the opening month of the regular season and finished with 797 yards on 202 carries as a freshman with the Commanders.

Robinson was reportedly makes a powerful boost for the lead role in the Washington backfield during a fight with Antonio Gibson ahead of the 2022 season. After Gibson fumbled in the team’s preseason opener, Robinson was placed in the starting lineup for Washington’s second preseason game against Washington bosses The former Alabama standout finished the game with a team high-eight carry for 31 yards in the game while Gibson carried the ball for three yards only twice.

After spending four seasons in Alabama as a supplemental ball carrier, Robinson broke out last season and firmly established himself as an NFL draft prospect. Robinson rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding 35 receptions for 296 yards and two more points. The Crimson Tide won the SEC Championship and advanced to the College Football Playoff Finals, where they lost to conference rivals Georgia.

After the regular season, Robinson was recognized by the league coaches as a first-team All-SEC player, while the AP recognized him as a second-team All-SEC honoree. He was named Alabama Player of the Week by the coaching staff eight times.

“I think Brian Robinson — like Mac Jones was last year — is a great example of a guy who’s put his head down,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after he was drafted. “Have kept working, showing great resilience in the persistence to keep working to improve, be it his speed, his knowledge of the game, his hands, whatever it was to make himself a better player, where he’s had a great year and been very productive and now has an opportunity to play at the next level.

“I think those are great stories to tell most of the college players that people have tremendous respect for, guys who have shown the ability to overcome adversity to succeed.”

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A former Hillcrest (Alabama) High School four-star recruit, Robinson was Alabama’s 112th draft pick in the past 15 years — or Saban’s coaching streak at Tuscaloosa. He was the nation’s No. 145 and No. 8 in 2017, according to 247Sports. Robinson is the 13th player from Alabama’s 2017 signing class to be drafted.

Charlie Potter contributed to this report.